Pav­il­ion fi­nally open af­ter three-year wait

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

YEARS of wait­ing for com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties at Jas­mine Park has ended with the han­dover of keys for the pav­il­ion.

This means all the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties at Jas­mine Park – which in­cludes a play area, pav­il­ion and two all weather pitches – are open for the first time since they were built in 2013, fol­low­ing months of dis­pute be­tween de­vel­oper Tay­lor Wim­pey and Cheshire East Coun­cil.

The play area was open for a short time in early 2013 but was then shut off for a health and safety is­sue.

There then fol­lowed months of wran­gling be­tween the de­vel­oper and the coun­cil about re­open­ing the fa­cil­i­ties and who would be re­spon­si­ble.

It was even­tu­ally re­opened around a year later thanks to a cam­paign led by Coun­cil­lor Chris An­drew, but it has taken un­til now to sort out ongo- ing is­sues with the pav­il­ion and pitches.

And de­spite a launch event for the pav­il­ion last Fe­bru­ary, only now has the coun­cil been in a po­si­tion to agree a lease with the com­mu­nity group.

Coun Chris An­drew said: “I’m de­lighted the pav­il­ion is fi­nally open for groups across Mac­cles­field. It’s been such a long haul to agree the han­dover and get the pav­il­ion open.

“It’s a smash­ing pav­il­ion, the best thing to hit Bro­ken Cross for a long time and there is a real need for a hall like this Mac­cles­field.”

The build­ing boasts fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a com­mu­nity room, kitchen and chang­ing rooms and is avail­able for res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups, or­gan­ised through the Jas­mine Park Pav­il­ion Com- mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany which is re­spon­si­ble for the build­ing.

The keys were handed over by Mac­cles­field Mayor Coun­cil­lor Liz Durham, to Richard Nelson, chair­man of Mac­cles­field Ju­nior Foot­ball Club, at a cer­e­mony at­tended by MP David Rut­ley.

The first match is due to take place this Sun­day, Jan­uary 17, be­tween Mac­cles­field Boys Ju­nior Foot- ball Club and Wins­ford Di­a­monds.

MP David Rut­ley said: “It was great to see the keys fi­nally handed to the com­mu­nity. I am pleased to have sup­ported the cam­paign to get ac­cess to the pav­il­ion. It has taken a long time to get to this point.”

Find Jas­mine Park Com­mu­nity and Sports Cen­tre on Face­book to book a room.

●» Mac­cles­field Ju­nior FC chair­man Richard Nelson gets the keys from Mayor Liz Durham, watched by MP David Rut­ley and Coun Chris An­drew

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